SMART technologies (the folks that make SMART boards) have come out with the latest and greatest in classroom tech.  The new SMART Display is a big touch TV.  No projector, no shadows and no bulbs to burn out.  Looks like a pretty cool device.  The trouble is it has the same limitations as a SMART board.  It takes up limited wall space.  Our classrooms have one usable wall for whiteboards.  The interactive projectors SMART sells, which they are discontinuing, are prefect for our rooms because they just project on any wall or white board.  No lost wall space.

What is really interesting about the SMART Display is they claim it will last 15 to 20 years.  Who would want it to?  I have a feeling in 5 years there will be a baseball sized device that bolts to the wall that will be the projector and the finger sensor.  Anyone making technology with a 15 to 20 year life span may have the right intention but maybe not the right look at the future.



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